Agreement To End Vietnam War

When peace talks resumed in Paris on January 8, 1973, an agreement was quickly reached. The peace agreement was formally signed on 27 January 1973. It was very similar to what had been agreed in October of the previous year. Later, Kissinger justified the deal by saying, “We thought those who were against the war in Vietnam would be happy with our withdrawal, and those who were in favor of an honorable end would be satisfied if the United States did not destroy a allent.” The provisions of the agreement were immediately and often violated by the armed forces of northern and southern Vietnam without an official reaction from the United States. The North Vietnamese accused the United States of conducting bombings in northern Vietnam during this period. Open fighting broke out in March 1973, and North Vietnamese misdeeds extended their control until the end of the year. Two years later, on April 30, 1975, a massive Offensive from North Vietnam seized southern Vietnam, after which the two countries separated since 1954 reunited as Vietnam on July 2, 1976. [3] The Agreement was formally signed by the parties participating in the Vietnam Conference in Paris on 27 January 1973 at the Paris International Conference Centre. Nixon asked prominent Asian-American politician Anna Chennault to be his “channel to Mr. Thieu”; Chennault agreed and regularly told John Mitchell that Thieu had no intention of participating in a peace conference. On November 2, Chennault informed the South Vietnamese ambassador: “I just heard about my boss in Albuquerque saying that his boss [Nixon] is going to win.

[13] [14] Dallek wrote that Nixon`s efforts “probably made no difference” because Thieu was unwilling to participate in the talks and there was little chance that an agreement would be reached before the election; However, his use of information provided by Harlow and Kissinger was morally questionable, and Vice President Hubert Humphrey`s decision not to make Nixon`s actions public was “an unusual act of political decency.” [15] No moment of peace ever came to Vietnam. After the return of the American prisoners of war, neither the north nor the south of Vietnam were little respected by the Paris agreements. U.S. troops left Vietnam sixty days after the signing of the Paris Agreement, but the level of violence had not significantly decreased….